In the last five years, Hyundai and its subsidiary, Kia, have been awarded more “Car of the year” awards than any other car company and are at the top of J.P. Powers “Initial Quality” awards list. This is due in part to their exquisite styling in the past few years which has blurred the lines between value and luxury, and also due in part to their famous 100,000 mile 10 year warranty. There has not been a warranty to match theirs in quality and usefulness, until now.
Tesla has just recently announced an “infinite mile warranty” for their Model S production electric vehicle, raising the previous warranty cap from 4 years and 50,000 miles. Basically, this “infinite” warranty means “unlimited”. the time limits for the warranty however are applied to be the same limits as the battery pack. So, however many miles you can drive in 8 years, it’s still covered. What gives Tesla even more of an edge over Hyundai’s warranty is that the “infinite mile warranty” is transferable to however many owners a particular Model S has. So used vehicle or new, whichever you buy, You will have a warranty! That essentially soundly defeats Hyundai at any angle in this matter as Hyundai’s famed powertrain warranty is only transferable to immediate family members.
We all know everyone had their doubts when Tesla first came out with their vehicles.
“It’s got a great range, but it has no backup generator to get power. What do I do if I run out of range?”
Well what do you do if you run out of gas in a normal car? Fill up. So that’s what Tesla did. They built 105 Superchargers across the damn continent. Yes. Continent. North America.
“It’s a nice car, but what about safety? “
Tesla reinforced the base p[late of the Model S after accidents that punctured the battery pack caused fired, with a titanium alloy that will crush concrete blocks. Don’t believe me? Check this out.
“It’s a nice car but too expensive!”
Of course, this is also the reason I wasn’t able to buy a Tesla. What many of us fail to realize in the first look is that Tesla wasn’t just made to compete with other compact cars like the Leaf. It was made to give Electric cars a luxury feel, not a wimpy under powered innuendo. That’s why it outsells others cars in its class such as the Audi A7 and Mercedes Benz S Class. And, that’s also why they are working on the Model III aren’t they? $35,000 will get you a small size Model S that can compete with cars like the BMW 3 series.
To be quite frank, I am an admirer of Tesla Motors and Elon Musk for their technological advancements, courage to change the automobile industry, and innovation to carry that out. As a bit of an environmentalist, I love the idea of cars that don’t rely on fossil fuels. But as a journalist, I force myself to not blindly bandwagon this car and speculate every fault I can to see why it should be better than conventional gasoline or diesel cars. Much to my excitement however, it seems Tesla is doing everything they can to make us believe that electric cars are really the way to go as Musk states in the following quote.
“If we truly believe that electric motors are fundamentally more reliable than gasoline engines … then our warranty policy should reflect that.” – Elon Musk
Elon Musk does one thing that I like. He did not just introduce an electric car and hoped it would take off. He took and is still taking every step possible to ensure that Electric cars will be better than conventional combustion engine cars in anyway–just so that it will spur the entire automobile industry to follow suite. That is the only way to make sure that the EV age takes off and the only way we can ever hope to change our fossil fuel guzzling transportation industry.
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